Bay Creek Soundings March

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The Official Newsletter of Bay Creek, Cape Charles, Virginia

In This Issue:

Welcome to Soundings!

Welcome to the Inaugural Issue! A Permanent Nature Preserve Real Estate Update Meet the Bay Creek Staff A Historic Response to Bay Creek’s Incredible Future

Bay Creek Soundings is published regularly by Bay Creek. Drop in for a personal visit at 3335 Stone Road Cape Charles, VA 23310 Drop us a line at or call toll free 844.620.2900 Or you can always see us at

It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural issue of Bay Creek Soundings, our new community newsletter. We’re very excited about the progress taking place at Bay Creek since Preserve Communities assumed ownership last November. This newsletter will be one of several ways we expect to communicate with you about the experiences and offerings happening in and around Bay Creek. Since hosting the webinar series last fall, we continue to receive strong support and enthusiasm from members and owners, as well as exciting interest from prospective new clients. New marketing programs and initiatives are underway and already making an impact throughout the region. For the first time in quite a while, Bay Creek, Cape Charles, and the whole of Virginia’s Cape are taking their rightful place as a highly sought after destination to live, play and thoroughly enjoy an authentic coastal lifestyle. Read more inside on next page

Soundings Welcome to Soundings! continued from cover Preserve Communities and Bay Creek teams are hard at work planning and implementing several new initiatives. Most notably, we have designated 350-acres, much of which comes from the closed nine-holes of golf to serve as a permanent Nature Preserve. The land, which will forever be protected against future development, features peaceful woodlands, clear-running creeks, tranquil ponds and is naturally populated with hundreds of species of wildlife. Real estate activity at Bay Creek is poised for an exciting 2020. We plan to spend a significant amount of money to promote Bay Creek in key markets. Additionally, we are releasing a collection of new villas and highly desirable cottage homes this spring. We hope you enjoy reading through our first issue and learning in a little more detail what exciting changes are taking place. Our goal is to preserve the balance between nature and an amenity-rich lifestyle that families can treasure for generations to come.

Additionally, a thoughtfully developed ‘Base Camp’ will be introduced to act as the epicenter of the Nature Preserve. Families will enjoy a host of multi-generational activities, from camping and fishing to kayaking and paddleboarding on the scenic Plantation Creek. Other highlights include a community garden and an educational center. The Base Camp amenity will be without peer in the area—and a place for families to gather, play, learn, enjoy, and make new and lasting memories.

James Sinnott

Bobby Masters

President & Chief Operating Officer

Vice President Lifestyle Communities

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A Permanent Nature Preserve for Bay Creek Owners. Bay Creek is pleased to announce the placement of 350-acres inside Bay Creek into permanent conservation, ensuring some of the most spectacular land within the community will be protected from future development and will serve as a permanent Nature Preserve for our owners. To honor the authentic coastal living Bay Creek is known for, we have set aside this land for activity, exploration and preservation. We are partnering with Avid TrailsŽ, one of America’s top trail companies, to design and implement walking and biking trails and activity stations throughout the Preserve. The Preserve will encompass peaceful woodlands, traversed by clear running creeks and tranquil ponds, naturally populated with hundreds of species of wildlife. Natural coves along the shoreline can host morning yoga or sunset get togethers. Base Camp, located adjacent to the Nature Preserve is where members will enjoy a host of multi-generational activities, from camping and fishing, to kayaking and paddleboarding on scenic Old Plantation Creek. Base Camp will also be home to Bay Creek’s community garden and a very special Arts Center.


Real Estate UPDATE

Bay Creek has an incredible selection of homesites available for families looking to design and create their special Eastern Shore retreat. From private, forested estate sites that border

Cobb House Retreat

Smith Island Cottage

Designed by Allison-Ramsey Architects, this home evokes true Eastern Shore design. The Cobb House Retreat is 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom cottage offering a bright, spacious and open layout with distinct coastal charm. Highlights of the home include a rocking chair front porch and large screened rear porch, a luxurious master suite with his and hers closets, and a second bedroom on the main level that could also serve as a home office. Upstairs is a second master suite with sitting area. An optional detached two-car garage is available with or without an upper level living area.

Charming farmhouse meets classic seaside retreat in this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom cottage. A sweeping wrap-around front porch welcomes guests and is an ideal place to enjoy the fresh bay breezes. Inside, the open kitchen and dining area is perfect for family get-togethers. Elegantly styled by Allison-Ramsey Architects, the details and well-planned spaces in this home appeal to couples who desire main level living while providing wonderful spaces on the upper level for friends and family.

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the Nature Preserve to spectacular golf and waterfront trophy properties, if you can dream it, we can help you bring it to life! Families who desire to experience the wonders of a Bay Creek lifestyle just a bit sooner, though, can now choose from an exciting new collection of Bayside Village homes and Palmer Lake Villas that will be underway this Spring. Take a look at these fantastic options that will soon be available for purchase:


Palmer Lake Villas

This seaside-style home plan is a unique fusion of formal architectural styling and breezy, coastal cottage charm. The Mockhorn, designed by Allison-Ramsey Architects, is a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, three-level home offering a wonderful open floor plan on the main level and an elevator that conveniently provides access to the stunning third floor observation deck. The sweeping screen porch off the Great Room and Master Bedroom affords an incredible view of the golf course, framed in the background by the Chesapeake Bay.

Welcome to the Palmer Lake Villas, an exciting new collection of low-maintenance residences offering spacious, inspiring layouts with views to match. Imagine relaxing on your spacious covered porch and taking in the gorgeous vistas of Bay Creek’s renowned Palmer Golf Course. At the heart of the home is a welcoming kitchen, dining and great room area that’s perfect for both everyday family living and entertaining guests. 3-bedrooms on the main level with the option to add a bonus room with full bathroom on the upper level.

All renderings are artist’s concepts only and are subject to change.


Staff Matt Hagler VP, Preserve Resort and Clubs Matt Hagler began his career in the Luxury Hotel sector and participated in the development of the Ritz Carlton Brand— as the General Manager of Laguna Niguel and Marina del Rey. In 1995, he migrated to overseeing large-scale resort development and operations with The Ginn Company. As Executive Vice President of Development and Operations, he played an integral role in envisioning, opening, and repositioning widely acclaimed resorts and clubs. In 2009, Matt became a Partner of Group One Project Advisors and assisted a variety of hospitality industry leaders in re-imagining their positioning, strategy, and profitability. Before joining Preserve Communities, Matt was part of a forward-thinking private equity group that created a comprehensive condition management solution in association with a recognized and trusted branding platform.

Joe R. Burbee, PGA Director of Golf Joe was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of fourteen, Joe was hired by the Jack Nicklaus Sports Center in Mason, Ohio as a ball mark boy; he walked the course for eight hours each day fixing pitch marks. Joe declared his professional status in 1992, and began working as an assistant at the Jack Nicklaus Sports Center in Mason, Ohio in 1993. He was elected to membership in The PGA in 1995 and became the Sports Center’s Head PGA Professional in 1997. In 2001, Joe moved to the Head PGA Professional position at The Signature at West Neck in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was selected as the Head PGA Professional at Bay Creek Golf Club in 2005. He became the Director of Golf at Bay Creek a short time later. Joe became a Certified PGA Professional in Golf Operations in 2008 & Retail in 2009. Joe firmly believes that treating members and their guests like royalty is the key to business success. His main objective is to make sure the staff is hospitable, helpful and informed.

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Julie Pruitt Life Center (Beach Club) Manager and NASM/ACE Certified Personal Trainer Julie Pruitt is originally from Northern, VA and came to the shore 11 years ago. She started working for Bay Creek as a server in the Coach House while finishing her degree with Old Dominion University. Julie, graduated in 2014 with a BA in Human Services with minors in Psychology and Exercise Science. Shortly after graduation the Bay Creek Life Center (formally the beach club) opened and she was offered the position of Manager for the facility. In 2015 Julie received her first Personal Training License with NASM and has been managing the facility and offering personal training since. She has two beautiful babies Shawn who is 6 and Emma Jane who is 3 both of which help her immensely with keeping up with staying in shape!

Shelly Cusmina Executive Chef at Coach House Tavern Shelly Cusmina has a long history of excellence. Shelly might be a name you’ve heard before. And if you’re a local, you have likely tasted her world-class cuisine, too. She has enjoyed a successful and flavorful career in the industry. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University—a school that has turned more than its share of notable celebrity chefs, acclaimed restaurateurs and culinary consultants. So it’s no surprise that Shelly’s skills have made her a well-known talent on the Eastern Shore and beyond. As head chef at Aqua Restaurant, now Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery at King’s Creek, she cultivated a menu of fresh flavors, memorable meals and extreme comfort food (ask her about her ‘miraculous’ Famous Ham and Bean Soup!) Prior to that, she served as Executive Sous Chef at the beloved Lucky Star in Virginia Beach for nearly a decade.

A Historic Response to Bay Creek’s Incredible Future Bay Creek has always had its admirers and we’ve always enjoyed strong interest in our one-of-akind waterfront community here on Virginia’s Cape. But with the new plans and development as the newest member of the Preserve Communities portfolio, there’s a noticeable new energy in the air. We are excited to announce that we have had the BEST RECEPTION EVER at the Ideal Living Shows. Bay Creek’s participation at the recent Ideal Living shows garnered an unprecedented amount of interest from residents in the key markets of New Jersey, Connecticut and DC. Inquiries and information requests shattered records—and it has been an absolute pleasure to have an overabundance of excited new prospects for ownership and membership at Bay Creek.

Why more interest than ever before? Here’s what they’re telling us:

People are loving the new products we’re introducing. They are the right size and right price and that’s hitting a sweet spot for a large number of families.

Dynamic, new family-oriented amenities.

The word is out about the newly designated 350-acre nature preserve in Bay Creek. Partnering with Avid TrailsÂŽ, one of America’s top trail innovators, we are creating walking/ biking trails and activity areas. It’ll also be home to ‘Base Camp,’ the launching point for kayaking, fishing, birding and more. Add to that the upcoming Lighthouse Beach Club and a host of other new amenities and it’s no wonder excitement is building.

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The ‘what’s next’ factor: people are

excited about the new homes and plans for the re-imagined Bay Creek. They’re excited about the reputation and track record of our new owner, Preserve Communities. They’re feeling like it’s the right time to get in on what’s next and new, and they’re absolutely right.

At this moment, we’re on the cusp of an exciting new era for Bay Creek. And with all the new interest we’re receiving, we’re confident that we’ll be sharing the new Bay Creek with many, many new neighbors.

Historic Cape Charles, Virginia “Prettiest Beach Town in Virginia� Coastal Living (Aug 2019)

“Happiest Seaside Towns� Coastal Living ( June 2018)

“The Perfect Beach Town: Cape Charles,VA� Southern Living

“Best of The Best: Coastal Communities� Ideal Living (2019)

Premier coastal living on Virginia’s Cape Welcome to Bay Creek on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Surrounding the charming town of Cape Charles, Bay Creek is the perfect place for families to create a legacy amidst the natural beauty, adventure, relaxation, and endless memories of beach life on the Chesapeake Bay. Encompassing 1,720 acres of picturesque coastline—Bay Creek features nearly two miles of private beachfront, 27-holes of Palmer & Nicklaus golf, and a newly designated 350-acre preserve area with plans for trails and a waterfront Base Camp.

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